The Complete Guide To Bulding a DIY Open Air Wireless Internet-enabled “Photo Booth” (with Slide Show)

Over the years we’ve seen our share of photo booths here at DIYP. However, this guide from Mike Mikkelson (who also runs a photobooth business) is probably the most ever comprehensive guide I’ve seen to date. Aside from covering everything (EVERYTHING) from construction, software, printing and props, the fact that Mike runs is as a business makes it a field tested build. Enjoy!

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I had been thinking of building a Photo Booth for a couple of years, but never seemed to get around to it. A good friend is getting married at the end of the year, and I’m am the Official Photographer for the event. In speaking with him about the wedding, he had assigned another friend of ours to create a photo booth. I had mentioned that I could help on that project as I had already done heaps of research on the subject. In chatting with our mutual friend, he was having issues coming up with reasonable solutions, and I brought up additional concerns and options.

  • Did the Bride and Groom want an actual booth, as this might limit the number of people who could participate?
  • Would an “Open Air Booth” be acceptable, this allowing groups of people to participate?
  • Would they want the booth to product prints for the guests, and potentially themselves?

It was decided that a laptop running photo booth software and capturing images from a webcam would just not be good enough for this event. I said that I would take the lead on this and come up with a plan. Here are my personal requirements:

  • Must be able to utilize dSRL Canon camera to capture great shots within the booth
  • A Booth that is portable, and can be modified to use as a booth and open with a backdrop.
  • Built-in Softbox for proper lighting
  • Must be self-sufficient and users can figure it out themselves. Not sure if we’ll have an attendant at this event. (Remember, I’m the Official Photog, and can’t consume my time with the booth)
  • Booth PC would be internet enabled and wireless
  • Images would be automagically uploaded to the internet as backup as they were taken.
  • Can be used as either a Photobooth or a Video Booth.

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How to Take The Perfect Jump Shot With An Open Source Photo Booth

Taking a perfectly timed photograph of a jumping person is not trivial. You both count, 3…2..1…jump!

How to Take The Perfect Jump Shot With An Open Source Photo Booth

Wait, I should have jumped on “1″ or jumped on “Jump!”. Let’s try again. And again. and again… Would it be nice if we could do it perfect every time?

Imagine the photobooth opportunities it can open for events and weddings – an unattended booth that takes jump shots (no pun intended)

Instructables member Andrew Maxwell-Parish (A.K.A ElectricSlim) used two open source programs Processing (a programming language for visual creatives) and OpenCV (computer vision and learning) to create an automatic photobooth that takes pictures when you jump. It actually does better – it takes them at the peak of the jump and does not even require a fancy camera.

Here is a funny little movie that shows what this booth is capable of (please… speakers on full volume) [Read more...]

How To Build A Slo-Mo Photobooth With $32,900 Worth Of Gear

About a week ago we shared an epic slo-mo video from a wedding photographed by Super Frog Saves Tokyo. The video was above all, fun.

How To Build A Slo-Mo Photobooth With $32,900 Worth Of Gear

But, fun aside, it took quite a bit of gear and preparation to create. Just the lights (KONOVA Pro 900 LED) and camera (RED EPIC) are about $32,900 without all the accessories. But.. seeing what goes on behind the scenes on this is a great experience nonetheless. It is short, but packed with tips about setup, direction, and avoiding mess. [Read more...]

Bringing The Phun To Photobooth (or Slo Mo Booth With Red Epic)

We’ve seen our share of photo booths. While they come in all shapes, colors and sizes, they usually operate in the same manner and produce similar pictures.

Super Frog Saves Tokyo have another take on the usual photo-booth. It involves a RED Epic, and probably the funnest slo-mo video a wedding has ever produced.

Bringing The Phun To Photobooth (or Slo Mo Booth With Red Epic)

The booth was installed for Quang and Ellie wedding reception and after the editing is done (featuring Robin Thicke’s appropriately popping “Blurred Lines” ) the result is something their grand-kids won’t be bored watching. [Read more...]

How To Build A Scream-Triggered Photobooth

Our buddy Haje Jan Kamps set up a scream triggered Photobooth. We thought it was a pretty cool concept so we asked him to share it here as well. Not just becasue it uses some awesome iPhone supported high speed photography, but also becasue this is a great demonstration of how to make some positive buzz with a photography product product.

If anyone had wandered along to the Maker Faire in the Elephant and Castle area of London (yes, it’s really real; no, there are neither castles nor freely roaming elephants but both would be a vast improvement) on Saturday they would have found me, and the London division of Team Triggertrap, asking people if they wouldn’t mind awfully screaming at the top of their lungs for us. Seriously.

How To Build A Scream-Triggered Photobooth

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This Photobooth Looks Like Instagram – Just As Trendy

This Photobooth That Looks Like Instagram Is Just As Trendy

Photographer Alexander Morris wanted to add a photobooth as a fun addition to events.

While the pictures and long-lasting-memories that a photobooth creates are important, the looks of the booth are crucial to attract visitors to take photos. Alex did a spectacular job on the design side, without sacrificing any quality.

Here are some of the booth’s highlights: (yes, you can build one yourself if you follow closely). [Read more...]

Phhhoto Is An Animated Gif Creating Halo Spreding Photo Booth

When people talk about photobooth, I usually think about an old school, van-sized box with a curtain and a few slots. The folks at HYPERHYPER have a completely different view on the subject. It is innovative in every single way.

Phhhoto Is An Animated Gif Creating Halo Spreding Photo Booth

Where conventional thinking is box & curtain, they think totally exposed

Where conventional thinking is hit a button, they think automation by facial recognition

Where conventional thinking is Printed strips, they think animated Gif

Where conventional thinking is hidden camera, they think ring light surrounded iPad [Read more...]

The Protobooth Takes 3D Photobooth Pictures

The Protobooth Takes 3D Photobooth Pictures

I love a good photobooth. Nothing beats the thrill of getting a just printed strip with 4 images of my current state of being. Actually I keep a ton of pictures take n on various booths of myself from all over the world.

OK, one thing may beat that, and that is a photobooth that creates 3D images. (or rather 3D animated gifs).

Digital Kitchen, a Seattle-Los Angeles-Chicago design firm created a photobooth that uses 3 Canon 5D MKII, 4 Macbook Pros and a bit of software sorcery. The result, a photobooth that creates 3D magical images.

So where can you get one? Ah, that’s the rub. “We have no plans to commercialize the Protobooth,” David Mikula told me in an email. Mikula, who holds the cool title of “Senior Creation,” worked on the project with a half dozen others on the team. “It was an internal project that we had a lot of fun creating. That being said, everything we learned from this process has the potential to make its way into future projects.”#

It would be totally rad if the good guys at Digital kitchen made a tutorial on how to get a setup like this working. Till they do, click here to see all the images.

[protobooth via hyperallergic | photojojo] [Read more...]